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Plenarveranstaltung: „Mit dem Wasser leben“

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Erwin-Schrödinger-Saal
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Coping Climate Change and water-related hazards in the urban environment
There is growing recognition in Europe that flood management strategies need to change. This particularly holds true for the urban environment. Living with Flood, Space for Water and ‚resilience‘ are becoming key issues in national and European policies. Climate change has become an additional incentive. For the future, a twin strategy should be adopted in which (i) precautionary investments need to be made in responding to the changes we think we can predict reasonably well and (ii) an adaptive and incremental approach in which we are less certain about future changes. To achieve this, governments at all levels must have access to relevant information and they must involve stakeholders more effectively and be as open as possible about the flood risks involved. The scientific community should develop proper analytical instruments and planning tools and more cooperation is needed between various disciplines such as (urban) planners, water managers and the private sector. As an example, the first experiences with implementation of this innovative approach to manage future flood risk in the city of Dordrecht (The Netherlands) are presented.

Vortragende

Professor of Hydraulic & Probabilistic Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology, CN Delft
Part-time professor at the Urban Water and Sanitation Department of UNESCO-IHE, Delft
University Lecturer for the History and Theory of Sociology, Alpbach Chair

Han VRIJLING

Professor of Hydraulic & Probabilistic Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology, CN Delft

1972-1974 Delft Technical University, Teacher Applied Mechanics
1974 Finished masters study at Delft University of Technology
1974-1977 Royal Adriaan Volker Group, Project engineer Design Construction Manager (Saudi Arabia)
1977-1980 Royal Volker Stevin Group, Senior engineer Design
  engineering office of the Adriaan Volker Group he was seconded to the Easternscheldt storm surge barrier
  project. In this project Mr. Vrijling developed the probabilistic approach to the design of the barrier
1980 Received masters degree in Economics at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam; After a short period at the
1980-1987 Manager of Research Storm Surge Barrier Oosterschelde, MTPW
1986 Became deputy head of the Hydraulic engineering branch of the Civil Engineering Division of Rijkswaterstaat
1986-1990 Deputy Head, Hydraulic Engineering Branch of the Locks and Weirs Division, MTPW
  Weirs Division, MTPW
1987-1988 Interim Head of the Planning, Economics and Costing Section, Hydraulic Engineering Branch of the Locks and
  (MTPW)
1990-1995 Head of Structural Research Branch of the Civil Engineering Division, Ministry of Transport and Public Works
1980-1989 Delft University of Technology, Scientific Officer Hydraulic & Coastal Engineering
since 1989 Delft University of Technology, Professor Hydraulic & Coastal Engineering
since 1995 Full professor in Delft and advisor to the Civil Engineering Division of Rijkswaterstaat

Dr. Chris ZEVENBERGEN

Part-time professor at the Urban Water and Sanitation Department of UNESCO-IHE, Delft

 Chris Zevenbergen has a masters in ecology from the Agricultural University Wageningen and a doctorate in environmental engineering from the University Utrecht. He worked as a researcher on various environmental & water issues related to the building industry, such as environmental impact assessments, product development, emission modeling, testing procedures, building codes and guidelines in the 1980s followed by 10 years research and consultancy in environmental engineering and water management of urban systems and delta-technology. In the past 7 years he has accumulated extensive national and international experience with integrated approaches to manage floods in urban environments, such as in the Floating City project in the Haarlemmermeer, the amphibious dwellings pilot project (Maasbommel), the Floating Greenhouse pilot project (Zuidplaspolder and Naaldwijk), and the Urban Flood Management Project (Hamburg, Thames Gateway, Dordrecht). His research interest is specifically on innovative concepts and delta-technology to mitigate urban flood impacts.

Doz. Drs. Friso D. HEYT

University Lecturer for the History and Theory of Sociology, Alpbach

 Studium, Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften, Universität Amsterdam und Universität Wien
1968-2002 Lehre und Forschung, Universität von Amsterdam und Universitäten Erlangen-Nürnberg und Wien
 Fellow, Salzburg Seminar in American Studies und Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS), Wassenaar
1994-1998 Projektleiter, Wiener Institut für Angewandte Soziologie (IAS)

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